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    02-16-2010, 12:01 AM
  #11
Yearling
I use it on myself for small things - slivers and such - that get infected, or have some pus build up and don't heal right away, but not for initial cleaning. Certainly seems to work.
     
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    02-16-2010, 06:16 AM
  #12
Foal
I have heard it can be used to help with foot thrush?
     
    02-16-2010, 06:52 AM
  #13
Banned
I confess that I still use it for the *initial* cleaning of a new wound, particularly for a puncture or a jagged wound. Like Cindy said, I am one of those people who believes that the foaming action will carry out deeply embedded debris in the wound. However, after the initial cleaning, I'll use saline, betadine or something less irritating to the tissue.
     
    02-16-2010, 08:34 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by welshies rule    
I have heard it can be used to help with foot thrush?
Yes it can.
     
    02-16-2010, 08:48 AM
  #15
Foal
Hi, I have used it on hooves, well, inside, if there are signs of thrush, I have used it on it, please let me know if anyone has done the same?
     
    02-16-2010, 09:25 AM
  #16
Showing
I heard it's not good to use as well. BUT I use it all the time on myself, dogs, cats, and horses. I tried both with and without and when I used it the wound dried out and healed faster.
     
    02-16-2010, 11:35 AM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I heard it's not good to use as well. BUT I use it all the time on myself, dogs, cats, and horses. I tried both with and without and when I used it the wound dried out and healed faster.
The question with these types of experiences becomes how do you know that it dried out and healed faster than it would have without the use of peroxide? Unless you have 2 exactly the same wounds and treat them in 2 different ways, you can't know if they would have healed any differently with a different treatment. This kind of comparison is one of the ways that the people who study wound healing assess the different products that are advertised for use on wounds. So, these anecdotal reports really have to be taken with a grain of salt. As they say at A&M, often the body heals despite what we do rather than because of it.

There are definitely situations where peroxide is beneficial, however for general wound cleaning it should not be used. There are other options that don't damage cells and are more effective at killing bacteria that will serve better for wound cleaning.
     
    02-16-2010, 11:45 AM
  #18
Yearling
I love it when you answer Ryle!! So when is peroxide beneficial? And what would you initially use to clean a deep wound before you get to the vet, or a superficial one if you are not thinking you need to have it seen by the doctor?
     
    02-16-2010, 11:51 AM
  #19
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Juniper    
So when is peroxide beneficial? And what would you initially use to clean a deep wound before you get to the vet, or a superficial one if you are not thinking you need to have it seen by the doctor?
It's not. Pour it on a sterile tray and it will still bubble due to the oxygen content.

The best thing to clean a wound is running water. Flushes the wound without adding anything or pushing an object deeper. If you think it will need stitches and the vet can't get there right away, gentle flushing will keep the edges from drying.
     
    02-16-2010, 11:54 AM
  #20
Yearling
Peroxide can be helpful when dealing with a deep puncture to help remove debris from down in the wound. But it's not something you should use more than initially without veterinary advice because even then you can end up doing more damage than good. It can also be used on the hoof. And then there may be very special circumstances but you would need a vet to determine when else it might be appropriate.

I would not use it on a superficial wound--the risks outweight the benefit in that situation because you can remove debris and clean the wound with betadine or chlorhexidine without causing the tissue damage.
     

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